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Two Workshops on Building Reuse - Nelson, BC

Cascadia Region Green Building Council

Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Two Workshops on Building Reuse - Nelson, BC

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Doors open at 4:30pm, presentation from 5:00-6:00pm and from 6:30-7:30pm

Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

While there is increasing discussion in various green building forums about the benefits of reusing buildings, until now few studies have sought to quantify the differences between the environmental impacts of building reuse versus new construction. This workshop will present a groundbreaking whole-building life cycle assessment study, "The Green Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse", which computes the environmental impacts related to materials manufacture, transport, construction, operation and the demolition and disposal of common building types and compares these impacts to those associated with building renovation and reuse.

Learning Objectives:

  • Grasp the basics of life cycle analysis as it relates to quantifying the impacts of building reuse and construction.
  • Understand why building reuse almost always yields fewer environmental impacts that new construction when comparing buildings of similar size and functionality.
  • Understand why the reuse of buildings with an average level of energy performance consistently offers immediate climate-change impact reductions compared to more energy-efficient new construction.
  • Understand why the quantity and type of materials used in building renovation can reduce, or even negate, the benefits of reuse.

Historic Places - Leaders of Built Environment Stewardship: Responsible Rehabilitation

A significant positive environmental impact over the next generation will come from the rehabilitation of existing buildings. And it is during the next generation that the significant reduction in carbon emissions is needed. This workshop takes the approach that by understanding how heritage conservation approaches heritage buildings, we can become better stewards of existing buildings. In British Columbia, policy and legislation is adapting to stimulate this. Over the last five years statutory amendments and policy have emerged BC  at the forefront of the heritage conservation and environmental sustainability field. This workshop introduces these amendments and the potential they offer in facilitating the stewardship of our existing built environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Grasp how a heritage conservation approach has relevance to and demonstrates responsible existing building stewardship.
  • Understand what special provisions exist in law to facilitate the environmentally and socially responsible rehabilitation of heritage and existing buildings.
  • Grasp that, in terms of their building science, traditionally-constructed buildings behave differently from their modern counterparts.
  • Understand practical approaches to assessing and upgrading existing traditionally-constructed building fabric.


Applicable for 2 GBCI CEUs, AIBC

Registration for this event is free.

Mona Lemoine, LEED AP BD + C
Executive Director, Cascadia Green Building Council
Vice President, Education and Events, International Living Future Institute

British Columbia Heritage Branch
Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia


Kootenay Rockies Branch Collaborative

Have questions about Two Workshops on Building Reuse - Nelson, BC? Contact Cascadia Region Green Building Council

When & Where

Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce
225 Hall Street
Nelson, British Columbia V1L 5X4

Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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